A dark money group opposing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential campaign is set to drop more than $2 million on digital ads in three states ahead of the March 10 primary, the executive director for the group confirmed Friday.
The ads by Big Tent Project, an outside group formed by moderate Democrats in the wake of Sanders rise in the Democratic field, will run in Michigan, Idaho and Washington. All three are states Sanders won in 2016 and needs to capture again in order to keep pace with newly-minted frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden.
One of the ads will focus on the cost and impact of Sanders’ signature for all Medicare for All proposal, including tax increases, the loss of private insurance and, the ad posits, Trump’s re-election.
The Sanders campaign did not return a request for comment.
In a recent appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show, the Senator said that the group’s presence in the race “bothers” him.
“There's a group called the Big Tent, I don't know if you're familiar with that,” he said. “It is a super PAC funded by corporate interests, I suspect the drug companies, insurance companies, the fossil fuel industry. They're pouring millions of dollars into ugly negative ads against me, against our campaign.”